Several Early Summer Drownings Point To Importance In Water Safety

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Summer is just getting started, but already Kansas has seen more than its share of tragedies at pools and lakes in the past few weeks.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says drownings are the second-highest cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4.

Whether it's an environment like Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center with lifeguards on duty or community pools or lakes, experts say a care free day cooling off is no time to get careless with water safety. While the water offers hours of enjoyment, without proper supervision, it can prove to become a silent killer.

Outreach Coordinator of KDHE, Daina Hodges, said, "It's not like in the movies, drownings are quick and quiet. Four to six minutes can be all it takes and cause irreparable damage."

Unfortunatley 2013 has already seen its fair share of accidental drownings. In May a 2 year old drowned after falling off of a boat in Milford Lake. Just 10 days later, a 14 year old drowned in Wellington Lake, and a boating accident this past week took a life in Centraila City Lake. Water safety officials say tragedy can strike anywhere, and offer this advice. "The most critical thing is active supervision. You should be within reach, site and hearing of your child so that if the one event happens, you can take measures to prevent them from drowning," said Daina.


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